WILDLIFE THAT MAY BE HELD FOR PRIVATE PURPOSES WITHOUT A LICENCE
This publication is intended as a general summary only and may be of assistance to you, but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate to your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication. Anyone possessing wildlife should familiarise themselves with the relevant licensing provisions of the Wildlife Act 1975 and Wildlife Regulations 2013, including any subsequent amendments.
Princess Parrot - Polytelis alexandrae
Australian Ringneck - Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus
Blue-faced Finch - Erythrura trichroa
Bourke's Parrot - Neopsephotus bourkii
Budgerigar - Melopsittacus undulatus
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin - Lonchura castaneothorax
Cockatiel -Nymphicus hollandicus
Common Bronzewing - Phaps chalcoptera
Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes
Diamond Dove - Geopelia cuneata
Double-barred Finch - Taeniopygia bichenovii
Eastern Rosella - Platycercus eximius
Eclectus Parrot - Eclectus roratus polychloros
Elegant Parrot - Neophema elegans
Emerald Dove - Chalcophaps indica
Galah - Eolophus roseicapilla
Gouldian Finch - Erythrura gouldiae
Hooded Parrot - Psephotus dissimilis
King Quail - Excalfactoria chinensis
Little Corella - Cacatua sanguinea
Long-billed Corella - Cacatua tenuirostris
Long-tailed Finch - Poephila acuticauda
Musk Lorikeet - Glossopsitta concinna
Painted Firetail - Emblema pictum
Peaceful Dove - Geopelia striata
Plum-headed Finch - Neochmia modesta
Rainbow Lorikeet (excluding subspecies) - Trichoglossus haematodus
Red-rumped Parrot - Psephotus haematonotus
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Scarlet-chested Parrot - Neophema splendida
Star Finch - Neochmia ruficauda
Stubble Quail - Coturnix pectoralis
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
Turquoise Parrot - Neophema pulchella
Western Rosella - Platycercus icterotis
Zebra Finch - Taeniopygia guttata
Non-indigenous quail - all taxa, including Californian Quail and Japanese/European Quail
Alectoris spp.all taxa, including Callipepla californica and Coturnix coturnix
Partridge ~ all taxa - Perdix spp. Alectoris spp.
Pheasant ~ all taxa - Phasianus spp
To ensure all information is current please visit the DEWLP website HERE
There has been much conjecture over recent weeks regarding the sale of non-licensed wildlife sales at our Expo's and other Sales.
On investigating this by reading through the Regulations & Act, with some heads up from David White [MPAS] it was ascertained that in the Wildlife Regulations 2013 section 49 parts 1 to 8 deals with these scenarios and in effect exempt sellers of these birds from penalties in Section 47 [Acquiring etc protected wildlife] of the Wildlife Act 1975.
It is complicated to read but in essence means that any captive bred non-licensed wildlife can be sold/bought anywhere at any time.
Additionally, Jennifer Cane [Senior Policy Manager, Wildlife Licensing, DELWP] was asked to provide details on where the department stood on this question, her response has been:
'The amnesty does not refer to the sale of non- licensed wildlife as both the Wildlife Act 1975 (the Act) and the Wildlife Regulations 2013 (the regulations) already provide appropriate exemptions.
Section 47A of the Act provides, among other things , that offences relating to the selling of wildlife by a person without a licence or authorisation do not apply to any person exempted by the regulations.
Regulation 49 of regulations provides, among other things, an exemption for wildlife listed in Part A Schedule 4. This schedule includes a number of species of birds.'
This information has been authorised by the departments legal team.
The VAC on Sunday 12th February held a training session on 'Welfare for birds at sales' given by Dr. Stacey Gelis. There were 34 people, mainly consisting of bird expo stewards in attendance who undertook the training. There were some great conversations around what is acceptable at our expo's and what a sick birds look like. The overall consensus was that 'only birds in good health, sound physical condition, fully feathered and self-sufficient' will be offered for sale at all Bird Expo's held throughout Victoria.
Following this, all affiliates had the privilege of listening to DEWLP representative Jennifer Cane, who explained the new online system OWLS (Online Wildlife Licensing System) they are hoping to release in the later months of 2017. This is a system that will make the licensing system much easier and faster for all parties involved. Jennifer was also very happy to answer the many questions our members had in regards to all aspects of wildlife licensing.
It was great to see so many of our members in attendance, taking advantage of some very knowledgeable guests. A HUGE Thank-you to Stacey & Jennifer for their contribution to Aviculture.
We are pleased to announce DELWP have approved our Bird Expo/Sales for 2017 !!!
Gippsland Branch ASA - Sunday 23rd April
Swan Hill Branch ASA - Sunday 23rd April
Avicultural Society Australia - Sunday 7th May
Bendigo Branch ASA - Saturday 13th May
Goulburn Valley Branch ASA - Sunday 21st May
Mornington Peninsula Avicultural Society - Sunday 28th May
Western District Branch ASA - Sunday 4th June
Ararat Branch ASA - Sunday 18th June
Latrobe Valley Avicultural Club - Sunday 2nd July
Centre West Branch ASA - Saturday 8th July
Gippsland Caged Birds - Sunday 23rd July
Ballarat Branch ASA - Saturday 5th August
Make sure you mark your calendar!!!
More details will be updated as they become available.
We are pleased to announce DELWP has granted an Amnesty from Prosecution, under the Wildlife Act 1975. This allows holders of a wildlife license issued under the Wildlife Act 1975 to remove wildlife from their premises specified on the license, to attend the approved event listed in the Amnesty.
You can download a copy of the amnesty below.
A reminder from our Secretary Ron Hicks....
Lets all remember the correct terminology and where to use it.
An APPROVAL or AUTHORITY is obtained from Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) to hold a wildlife sale.
An AMNESTY is provided to allow licensed wildlife and Record Book to be taken from your home address to the sale venue.
We are seeking an EXEMPTION from Section 96 of the Domestic Animals Act, given by the Minister for Agriculture to enable non-natives to be sold at venues other than your home.
Whenever commenting on social media platforms & general converstaions please ensure you use the right word for the situation at hand - to many times the wrong one being used. It is important that the correct word is used as much of the confusion occurs due to incorrect usage.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pullford called a consultation meeting for 10 avicultural representatives to be held on Monday 16th January at Parliament House. Among those asked to attend was our President David Renshaw and Treasurer Lou Dall'Est who was also representing the ASA.
Below is a report from David Renshaw, President VAC
Summary of meeting:
The following representatives were present at the meeting:
Charles Hider (Solicitor representing Pigeon Racing Federation), Peter Holt (concerned aviculturalist), David White (Secretary MPAS), David Over(President MPAS), Sam Davis (VP Canary & Cage Bird Federation of Australia), Colin Flanagan (President Budgerigar Council of Victoria), James Smith (Secretary Budgerigar Council of Victoria), Lloyd Marshall (NFSA), Lou Dall’est (President ASA & Treasurer VAC) & Myself.
The group all met at 12 noon in a room in Parliament House organised by Sam Davis (Thanks Sam). The purpose of the meeting was to agree on the outcomes that we wanted to achieve from our meeting at 2 pm with the Minister.
All parties agreed that we would focus on the following based on the recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry:
Recommendation 18: That the Government provide an exemption for all bird clubs from Section 96 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 in the interim period while the Amendment Bill is being reformulated, thus allowing them to continue current Sales practices at Sales & Events in 2017.
Recommendation 15: That the Government remove the words “caged birds” from the definition of the Pet Shop in the Act.
Recommendation 17: That Victorian Aviculture approved events be allowed to continue to sell Non-Native Birds.
At the Ministerial meeting all these points were discussed including amnesties, letters of exception with the Minister and she undertook to come back with answers to the groups by:
1. End of February 2017 re enabling us to sell Non-Native birds at our Bird Sales, Shows & Events for 2017. It was pointed out that the first of these events start in March.
2. By the end of first half of the year - Proposed to re-submit the amendment bill regarding new legislation to enable us to sell/trade our Non-Native birds in the future. Minister to come back to groups prior to submitting the legislation.
The Minister asked each of the participants to give their point of view which was extremely pleasing. I must say it was an extremely positive meeting and the Minister was prepared to listen and understand that we as aviculturalists have one KEY focus and that is the welfare of our birds.
The Permit system was briefly discussed but our main focus was resolving the issues pertaining to the legislation. Once again the Minister undertook to talk to her policy advisers and legal team to see how she can resolve the issue.
Regards, David Renshaw
An inquiry into the progress of Domestic Animals Act Amendment Bill 2016 was undertaken in November 2016 by the Legislative Councils Economy and Infrastructure Committee.
The VAC, represented by David Renshaw (VAC President), Lou Dall'Est (ASA President), Mark Reynolds (Goulburn Valley Branch ASA President), together with other concerned aviculturists held a meeting with the Economy and Infrastructure Committee on the 16th November, 2016. After consultation with many community groups The Economy and Infrastructure Committee presented their findings and recommendations from this inquiry on the 6th December 2016. They recommended the withdrawal of the proposed legislative changes to the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
Among 18 recommendations and one finding were:
* that consultation with relevant stakeholders in regards to this Bill were inadequate
and that is should be withdrawn by the government
* a stakeholder group of industry, municipal and community representatives
should be established to draft a new bill
*the State Government should provide further funding to local governments
to enforce the current legislation
*that the Government abandon limiting dog breeders to 10 fertile females
The full report can be found on the governments website
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